I am constantly amazed at how diverse we are as a group with everyone's ideas, work and aspirations being so very different. It's this overlapping of difference that is the real strength of Roaming.
One of the group was working with collage today and I dug into the bottom of a drawer to find collages that had been made by previous people who were part of the group in 2011. What ensued was a conversation about the difference between a group that is taught and one that is facilitated. In the beginning I used to offer a workshop to people who arrived; activities that included painting, drawing, silk painting, felt making, paper making, collage, printmaking. Nowadays we (everyone in the group) encourage people to find their own way by introducing what is available in terms of materials and demonstrating by example what is possible. We don't engage in critique as we would were it a taught setting but we offer advice and encouragement when it is requested. We find this allows people to really explore and discover themselves through the act of creativity. We also talk together... a lot... about art and life.
We've been having a busy time recently with visits from people wanting to work with us on research projects, exhibitions, or to seek our advice about setting up similar projects. We have also been thinking and talking about the future and in particular creating an archive of all the work that has been made over the 5 years of Roaming PZ and the 18 months of Breadline Art group beforehand.
This was a gentler week with more time to photograph the work being made.
We had a really great Open Day . Current and previous group members were there, two came for the first time in seven years! We dug out of our archive the work they had made all that time ago and reminisced about how the group was in those early days. We also had visits from people representing other local community groups as well as the Penzance Mayor Dick Cliffe, city councillor Penny Young, Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and Derek Thomas MP. It was very encouraging for us all and we are grateful to those who came along. We very much value all our supporters both near and far for their continued support.
So far during October we've had a birthday, been included in an exhibition at Truro Cathedral, organised by St.Petroc's Society, to launch their campaign to 'End Street Homelessness in Cornwall' and we are preparing for an exhibition of our own that will take place at Redwing Gallery, Penzance, between 16th and 29th November.
This page is a record of Roaming's activities, usually week by week, with the most recent first.